14 Ways to Die – Vincent Ralph, Sourcebooks fire, (9781728231860), 2021
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Mystery/ Realistic fiction
What did you like about the book? When Jess was seven her mother was murdered. It was the first murder (actually the second but we don’t learn that until the end…) of a serial killer. He has now killed thirteen women, carving the number into the victim. Jess’s father is a reclusive who barely speaks so when the opportunity presents itself to star in an online reality show Jess (ten years later and now 17) applies and gets a spot. She needs to find her mother’s killer and is convinced she can draw him out through the show. There are a few red herrings that keep the reader even more invested in Jess’s quest. Though the book is nearly 400 pages, it moves fast not only because you can’t put it down but because the chapters are so short. Sneaky: I’ll just read one more chapter, just one more, just one more. Jess has two very supportive friends; all characters are presumed white.
Anything you did not like about the book? No.
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a good one to had to teens who like mysteries and thrillers.
Who should buy this book? Public and high school libraries
Where would you shelve it? YA fiction
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Very close to.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Administrator of Youth Services Book Review
Date of Review: 7/12/2021